NOTES FROM DEACON YANISH
Why Didn’t you DO Something?
Mother Teresa said: “The biggest disease in the world today is not leprosy or TB, but the feeling of worthlessness; of being unwanted and uncared for. The greatest evil in the world os the lack of love and the terrible indifference towards one’s neighbor. What the poor (and not only the poor) need even more than food, clothes, and shelter is to be wanted.”
Here, then is a paraphrase or restatement of the words of Jesus in our Gospel today: “Then the King will say to those on His left hand, depart from me because you didn’t do anything for me;
· I was hungry, not for food but for a smile and all I got was sour looks. I was hungry for a word of encouragement but all you did was point out my mistakes. I was hungry for a word of appreciation or thanks, but you didn’t give me so much as a crumb, a morsel, or even a scrap.
· I was thirsty, not for drink, but for a word of recognition but all you did was nag and complain. I was thirsty for a sign of friendship, but you ignored me. I was thirsty for a little companionship, but you never gave me a single drop.
· I was a stranger, not from a foreign land, but just someone different from you, and you would have nothing to do with me.
· I was naked, not because I didn’t have any clothes, but because I lacked self-worth and you refused to cover me. I was stripped of self-confidence and you made me feel the coldness of your indifference.
· I was sick, not in body, but sick with worry and doubt, and you never even noticed. I was wounded by failure and disappointment, and you couldn’t care less.
· I was in prison, not in one made of iron bars, but a prison of nerves, and you shunned me. I was in a prison of loneliness and you gave me the cold shoulder. I was in a prison if guilt and shame. You could have set me free by forgiving me but, no, you let me suffer there to punish me.
· I was homeless, not for want of a house made of bricks and mortar, but for want of tenderness and affection, and you left me out in the cold. I was homeless for sympathy and affection, but you treated me like a block of wood. I was homeless for want of someone to love me and accept me and you just locked me out of your heart. There are so many things we could do for one another if we were just a little more sensitive and more aware of what is really going on around us. To quote Mother Teresa again: “It is not a question of doing great things, but doing little things with great love.” Thanksgiving and Advent brings with them many opportunities to “Love one another as He has loved us!” Wishing you a Thanksgiving season filled with gratitude and an Advent season filled with grace.